Monday, October 25, 2021

Center for Arts collaboration



By Coastal Breeze News Staff

On Thursday, May 24th, The Marco Island Players and The Marco Island Center for the Arts met to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a new professional theatre. To be developed at The Marco Island Center for the Arts, Home of the Art League, the new theatre would seat nearly 200 guests.

While still in the beginning phases, this group effort would dramatically expand what the Center for the Arts already has to offer. The Board of Directors for both The Marco Island Players and The Marco Island Center for the Arts are currently exploring the idea of developing the existing Center as an Arts District.

Plans for a possible Arts District would add to the Center which already features three galleries, the Art League, Clay Guild and many art classes for the beginner to the advanced.

If the Art District were to be developed, art lovers would be treated to



a 199-seat theatre where other organizations would be able to benefit from its use. The Friends of the Bach Ensemble being a prime example. Further additions would include artist studios as well as a public cafe. The Center, as it now stands, would also be renovated as a part of the plan.

In its very early stages, an exploratory committee is now being formed to discuss the initial stages and how to proceed with the new venture. Details are still in the works regarding architectural plans, development phases and costs associated with the collaboration.

While no formal agreement has been signed between the two entities, the ultimate goal would bring about a common area for myriad art genres to be displayed within.

Questions or comments regarding the collaboration may be voiced to Beverly Dahlstrom, President and Director of The Marco Players at (239) 404-5198 or Lynn Holley of the Marco Island Center for the Arts at (239) 394-4221.

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